Nine Students in the Class of 2017 Graduate with 4.0 GPAs

Nine Students in the Class of 2017 Graduate with 4.0 GPAs

Top Row: Gus Warren, Taylor Mottern, Kendra Beck, Taylor Heidema
Front Row: Emma Martinusen, Kyra Mull, Aspen Horst, Lauren Thomas, Sarah Luty

Nine Canby High School seniors will graduate on Friday with 4.0 grade point averages. These scholars credit teachers and activities for helping in their success, but it's clear they worked hard to reach this impressive accomplishment. All nine students have plans after graduation; they have some advice for the Class of 2021, too.

Gus Warren is heading to University of Oregon. At Canby High School, he played soccer, tennis, and was on the wrestling team. Gus wants to go to medical school. His advice to incoming freshmen? "Pay attention in class and try hard. High school matters."

Taylor Mottern echoes that advice: "Listen in class and you'll learn a lot more than you think." Taylor says his teachers and mentors, Mr. Soles and Mr. Huggins, had the biggest impact on his career at CHS, as well as his parents. He's going to Oregon State University to pursue a career in bio-medical engineering.

Kendra Beck earned her 4.0 while a part of the equestrian team, wind ensemble, marching band, and National Honor Society. She's heading to Oregon State University's Honors College. Kendra's going to miss her Class of 17 counterparts the most and advises incoming freshmen to "take hard classes early."

Taylor Heidema is heading to the Bluff to attend University of Portland. She hopes to own her own business someday. Taylor was a member of FBLA, Key Club, Link Crew, and Model UN at CHS. What will she miss most about CHS? Teachers like Mr. Gex, who acknowledges and challenges students who "work their butts off."

Emma Martinusen is Corvallis-bound to attend Oregon State University. She hopes to attend medical school after that. She credits German teacher Mr. Megowan and track coach Mr. Millbrooke with having the biggest impact on her high school career. "Enjoy high school," are her parting words of wisdom for the Class of 2021.

Kyra Mull advises freshmen to "live in the present." While at CHS she played soccer and basketball, ran cross country and track, and served in leadership roles like senior class treasurer and president of the National Honor Society. Kyra is starting her post-high school career at Oregon Institute of Technology and plans to go to dental school after that. She's going to miss her friends and teachers when she moves on from CHS.

Aspen Horst will attend Clackamas Community College as she prepares for a career as a biochemist. She enjoyed band while at CHS, and Mr. Huggins' AP Calculus class. She suggests incoming freshmen "take challenging classes" to get the most out of their time at Canby High School.

Lauren Thomas was very involved at CHS as she participated in choir, Cantalinas, Link Crew, FBLA, Key Club, National Honors Society, and Model UN. After Oregon State University, she wants to travel to third-world countries to help people start life-changing businesses. Lauren wants incoming freshmen to "work hard and plan ahead - but don't forget to give yourself some slack." She's going to miss the tight CHS community after graduation.

Maybe we'll see Sarah Luty back at CHS someday. She wants to be a high school chemistry teacher after her time at Eastern Oregon University. She loved cross country, swimming, track, choir, National Honor Society while attending CHS. She wants to thank Mr. Lillie, Mr. Gingerich, and Ms. Miller for the impact they had on her success. Sarah's advice to incoming freshmen: "set goals for yourself and don't be afraid to try new things."

Congratulations Gus, Taylor, Kendra, Taylor, Emma, Kyra, Aspen, Lauren, and Sarah. Best of luck in your post high-school careers!